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Tuesday, October 06, 2015

Frozen (Heart of Dread #1) by Melissa de la Cruz and Michael Johnston

This book has three different covers and they are all so pretty I love each one for diffrent reasons. I personally think the edition of the left (below) is the prettiest with the greener/turquoise colours.

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Synopsis from Goodreads 

Welcome to New Vegas, a city once covered in bling, now blanketed in ice. Like much of the destroyed planet, the place knows only one temperature—freezing. But some things never change. The diamond in the ice desert is still a 24-hour hedonistic playground and nothing keeps the crowds away from the casino floors, never mind the rumors about sinister sorcery in its shadows.

At the heart of this city is Natasha Kestal, a young blackjack dealer looking for a way out. Like many, she's heard of a mythical land simply called “the Blue.” They say it’s a paradise, where the sun still shines and the waters are turquoise. More importantly, it’s a place where Nat won’t be persecuted, even if her darkest secret comes to light.

But passage to the Blue is treacherous, if not impossible, and her only shot is to bet on a ragtag crew of mercenaries led by a cocky runner named Ryan Wesson to take her there. Danger and deceit await on every corner, even as Nat and Wes find themselves inexorably drawn to each other. But can true love survive the lies? Fiery hearts collide in this fantastic tale of the evil men do and the awesome power within us all.

3.75 Star Review

This book is firstly very mysterious, everyone we meet has secret history and will do almost anything to protect that secret. Even though the reader has a idea of what Nat is we do get hints but, it isn't until late in the book that we fully release what her purposes is. Also with Wes there are regular references to his past but it isn't revealed what happen until much later. The post-apocalyptic world in which this is set is at first glance just a frozen version of the USA but as we continue to read the world slowly become less recognisable and more fantasy, with scary creatures and unexpected discoveries.  
I enjoyed the idea of trashbergs as I don't see why these couldn't exist with the amount of junk that's produced. It also sparks the question of; will that be all that remains of  the human race; piles of washing machines and sofas?
I loved the way in which the romances in this book develops and how loyalties are tested. There are a few heart stopping moments and we are left with an ending that leaves you curious about the next book. Overall it was a good book, however for some reason it just didn't grab me.